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Book Review: The Emperor’s Riddles, by Satyarth Nayak

A few years back, when I was in college, one of the events of our fest was a treasure hunt. Start with the first clue, and then look for the second whose location is revealed by the first, the third from the second and so on till the final one that leads us to the treasure which was a glass vase (and our prize). Imagine if a treasure hunt of such proportions was to be put into motion by a murder, and the end reveals the answers to the mystery of the murder and other questions. It is such a premise that is put across by the novel, The Emperor’s Riddles. Continue reading “Book Review: The Emperor’s Riddles, by Satyarth Nayak”

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Book Review: Gone with the Vindaloo, by Vikram Nair

A title that intrigues the foodie in me is always good. But it sets an expectation that the story would be just as delicious. The cover of the book, and the blurb together made me feel like that expectation would be met, and I took a bite into the book “Gone with the Vindaloo”, written by Vikram Nair. Continue reading “Book Review: Gone with the Vindaloo, by Vikram Nair”

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Book Review: Far Beyond The Dead End, by Saikat Baksi

There are very few historical fictions which have managed to keep me engaged. The catch to a historical thriller is that it must accomplish two things… firstly, transport me to the time in the past and paint that scene vividly; secondly, it must keep me glued to it to know what is going to happen in the next page. As with any thriller, there are two kinds. One that starts out with action and keeps that throughout the novel; and the other blends both detail and thrill. With “Far Beyond the Dead End”, Saikat Baksi brings out a novel of the latter kind, but one that is a love story more than anything else. Continue reading “Book Review: Far Beyond The Dead End, by Saikat Baksi”

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Book Review: How to Screw Up like a Pro, by Abirami M Krishnan

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – they are your family.” – Jim Butcher

But sometimes, even in the family, everything seems to have gone to hell. What then? I sometimes wonder if a family story where all things are happy and in-place feels right. In every family there is a bit of friction, a bit of misunderstanding or drama. It was the starting paragraph of the blurb that caught my interest, and made me nod in acceptance, though it would have to be a large family to have their share of so many kinds of characters. Continue reading “Book Review: How to Screw Up like a Pro, by Abirami M Krishnan”

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Book Review: The Expressionist, by Akhila Sudhakar

We live in a time where everything is becoming device oriented, social networks are tempting to join and addictive once joined. Even the jokes that are on social networks tend to show that increasing influence of social networks, some going even as far as to tell that the first thing a mother might soon be doing immediately after giving birth is updating her status on social networks. It is a way to share our joy and see it multiply, but it may not be all hunky-dory as people might think. What if you, in a few hours after the first ping on a social network, fall head over heels in love with someone who you have never met before? Continue reading “Book Review: The Expressionist, by Akhila Sudhakar”